Cheteshwar Pujara
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Pujara found some rhythm in the last two Test matches against England, where he registered scores of 91 & 61, both coming in the second innings.

Pujara was constantly criticised for his inconsistency with the runs, and it was also said that he wouldn’t be continuing with the Indian team further.

My focus is to bat well: Cheteshwar Pujara

However, the Saurashtra batsman was named in India’s squad for the two-Test games against the Black Caps. Pujara said he would like to carry his fearless mindset against the Kiwis.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara en route to 91* (Image Credit: Twitter)

The last time Pujara scored a Test hundred was against Australia in the 2018/18 tour in Sydney. Pujara said that he isn’t worried about not scoring a hundred and aims to bat well for the team.

I have been scoring runs, 50, the 80s and 90s. Yes, I have not scored a century, but I am not worried about it. As long as I keep batting well and contribute to the team’s total, I am happy with that. And it’s just a matter of one innings, but my focus is to bat well. As far as I keep doing that, a century is round the corner,” Pujara said in a virtual press conference.

Was a little bit fearless against England: Cheteshwar Pujara

Pujara said he had a fearless mindset against England and would like to carry the same approach against the Black Caps.

“When it comes to performing, I think that the mindset was a little different, but when it comes to technique, I don’t think there was a major change. It was just the approach, and I was a little bit fearless, which helped. I don’t think you should put too much pressure on yourself and go there and enjoy your game rather than worrying too much about what’s going around,” he added.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credit: Twitter)

That was my mindset during the England series, and so far, the preparation has been good, and the experience of playing in Indian conditions will help. I’m sure that will help in the next couple of Test matches.”

The first Test between India and New Zealand starts on November 25 (Thursday) at the Greenpark Stadium in Kanpur.

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